The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has reached a settlement with lawyers for plaintiffs who allege they were injured or suffered illness in the response and cleanup of the 9/11 terror attacks.

Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein on Thursday signed an order giving preliminary approval to the $47.5 million settlement, which is separate and apart from the $712.5 million settlement reached earlier this year between plaintiffs, New York City and some of the contractors who were insured through the World Trade Center Captive Insurance Co. The Port Authority and a host of other contractors who remain in talks with the plaintiffs were not insured through Captive.

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